ISP Patna Bureau
Prem Kumar is the news that India is glued to these days. This 17-year-old youngster from Bihar has bagged Rs. 2.5 Crore scholarship to study in the United States of America. He will be flying to Pennsylvania by the end of this year to pursue his dual graduation degree in Mechanical Engineering and International Relations.
Prem and his family hail from the remote Gonpura village in Phulwarisharif near Patna, the capital of Bihar State. He has completed his class 12th student and has come out with flying colours to get a huge scholarship for his education in America at Lafayette College, a leading college established in 1826.
Incidentally, Prem will be the first in his family to complete his 12th and go to college. The news of Prem going to an elite place of study abroad has won a lot of media attention for the family as well.
“My parents were unable to attend school. Receiving this scholarship and the opportunity to study abroad is a dream come true for me. The Dexterity Global organisation, which works for Mahadalit children in Bihar, is admirable. It is because of them that I am where I am today. I am happy,” Kumar told news agency ANI after receiving the news.
The scholarship covers Prem’s residence bills, tuition fees, health insurance, books, and travel expenses, says the agency report. He is among the six students globally who were chosen for the ‘Dyer Fellowship’ of Lafayette College. The fellowship is given to chosen students based on their passion and drive to tackle the world’s most challenging and toughest problems.
Prem was part of the ‘Dexterity to College’ programme mentored by Dexterity Global, which is founded by social entrepreneur Sharad Sagar. He was recognised recently by Forbes 30 Under 30 as a social entrepreneur to watch out for. Dexterity Global announced recently that students have earned scholarships worth Rs 100 crore under their programme.
The accomplishment by Prem Kumar has inspired millions of other youngsters to dream for the big and seek guidance in the direction to achieve the impossible.